Bill Long and Al Steck on Washington Column in 1950. Bob Swift photo.
Bob Swift prusiking up to high point during the first ascent of El Cap Tree in 1952. Photo from Bob Swift collection. To see more Bob Swift photos go to
Rich Calderwood El Cap summit
Don Wilson, Warren Harding, Jerry Gallwas and Royal Robbins on top of Glacier Point. They are posing for a San Francisco Chronicle article in 1955. Photo Jerry Gallwas collection. Fall 55
Don Reid on the Salathe Wall, 1986. Photo by Ken Yager.
Donny Reid jumaring on the Salathe Wall of El Capitan in 1986. photo Ken Yager
El Cap Meadow in the 1960's. Photo by Tom Frost.
Fred East resting during the first ascent of the Pacific Ocean Wall, 1975.
George Whitmore, Wayne Merry and Warren Harding toast each other on the summit of the Nose November 12, 1958. Photo taken by Ellen Searby with Wayne Merry's camera.
Glen Denny during the first ascent of the Prow on Washington Column. 1969
Harding signing the El Capitan summit register after the first ascent. November 12, 1958.
Warren Harding and Royal Robbins
Portrait of Warren Harding on the Nose.
Henry Kendall on top of Lower Brother. Henry went on to receive the Nobel Prize for his work in Physics. Tom Frost photo
Jim Bridwell during the first ascent of the Pacific Ocean Wall, El Capitan, May 1975.
Jim Bridwell in action on the PO Wall of El Capitan in May of 1975.
Jim Bridwell on the PO Wall.
Joe Fitschen hamming it up at the Camp VI bivy during the second ascent of the Nose, El Capitan, 1960.
John Stannard, Tom Frost and Royal Robbins during the Facelift in 2007.
Keith Guy, Ken Yager, Walt Shipley and Mike Jones relaxing at the Deli after work, 1986 or 1987.John Middendorf photo.
Mary Ann "Corky" Corthell is doing the Tyrolean to Kat Pinnacle.
Mike Rettie acquired Lewis Clark's photos at an estate auction. Fortunately, he realized what they were and their value. He has been scanning them and then will give them to the Bancroft. To see more of these photos check out his website.
Paraplegic climber Mark Wellman on Tis-a-ack, Half Dome. Mark became the first paraplegic climber to climb El Capitan(1989) and Half Dome(1991). He did both climbs with Mike Corbett. Photo by Ken Yager
Patsy English, David Brower, Virginia Adams and Jules Eichorn cooking a meal in their camp, 1930's. Photograph by Ansel Adams.
Ronald Hahn on Royal Arches in the 1950's. The Rotten Log can be seen in the upper left corner. Photo from the Bob Swift collection.
TM Herbert clowning aroundduring a second ascent attempt and first continuous ascent attempt of the Salathe Wall, 1962. The strong party of Royal Robbins, Tom Frost and TM Herbert were overwhelmed by heat and came down. Photo courtesy of Tom Frost.
Tom Frost leading the Roof pitch of the Salathe Wall during the first ascent in 1961.
Wayne Merry photo.
Yabo climbing Midnight Lightning, circa late 1980's. Yabo was the first person to envision this boulder problem even though he did not get the first ascent.Photo by Ken Yager
Royal Robbins perched on a belay ledge during the first ascent of the Mozart Wall on Sentinel Rock, 1962. Photo by Tom Frost.
Al Steck in a tangle of rope with Will Siri in the background during the first ascent of El Cap Tree in 1952. Photo by Bob Swift.